ACAP-Hickory (NC)

ACAP-Hickory, a local chapter of ACAPcommunity, offers FREE educational programs to adult-child caregivers, other family caregivers and professionals in the Hickory, NC area. Programs are held the second Tuesday of each month, 5:30-7:00 pm, in the Fellowship Hall of Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, Hickory. Hope you will join us!

The Adult-Child Caregiver at Work


Date / Time: Tuesday, August 14, 5:30-7:00 pm

Location: Fellowship Hall, Mt. Olive Lutheran Church — 2780 N Center St., Hickory (beside RiteAid & Publix)

Presenters:  Susan H. Saylor, MS, Franchise Owner, Home Instead Senior Care; Beth Harris Brandes, MSW, Organizational Consultant; and Cynthia Eades, Catawba County Human Resource Director.  Each member of the panel has personal experience working for organizations while caring for their parents. 


“Help me, I can’t get up!” This is a frightening phrase for family caregivers to hear when they are on their way to work or are already at work. Juggling work and caregiving presents unique challenges especially for women who assume 66% of caregiving nationally; although men also provide assistance, female caregivers spend as much as 50% more time providing care than male caregivers.  
Are you one of the 65 million Americans who care for a family member? Attendees at the ACAP Hickory August 14 meeting will gain insight on how to handle workplace challenges when caring for a loved one.  The panel will discuss:
  • The economic impact and current trends of family caregiving.
  • Effective communication and advocacy strategies in the workplace. 
  • Approaches for speaking with employers.
  • Tips and strategies while caring for loved ones and caring for oneself — which include exploring Family Medical Leave, Employee Assistance Programs, flex schedules, job shares and other resources.


ACAP-Hickory gratefully acknowledges 

 as sponsors for the August ACAP Hickory program.


Hope you will join us for this important program! 


To register for this FREE program, please contact us at our new ACAP Hickory email or phone number: or (828) 610-5741.

Although designed for adult-child caregivers, ACAP programs are open to all.

 ACAP-Hickory 2018 Programs

ACAP-Hickory provides information, resources, support and community for adult-children as we care for our aging parents and for ourselves. ACAP-Hickory meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month, 5:30-7:00 p.m., in the Fellowship Hall of Mt. Olive Lutheran Church (2780 North Center Street, Hickory). (Please note that the December program is scheduled for the first Tuesday of the month.) While the cost-free monthly educational programs are designed for adult-child caregivers, sessions are open to all who are interested. Advance registration is strongly encouraged in order to facilitate planning. To register for ACAP-Hickory programs, please email or call (828) 610-5741.

Date and Time Topic Presenter
Tuesday, January  9 Who, What, Why, When, Where and How: Area Resources for Mom, Dad and Me Presenter: Mary Mitchell, Family Caregiver Support Specialist, Western Piedmont Council of Governments Area Agency on Aging
Tuesday, February  13 When Mom or Dad Goes to the Hospital: What Families Need to Know Presenter: Jonell Fields, RN, Transitions of Care Manager, Catawba Valley Medical Center
Tuesday, March 13 Understanding and Responding to Dementia-Related Behavior & Project C.A.R.E. Support Presenters: Julie Cook-Walker, Education Specialist, Foothills Region, Alzheimer’s Association, and Karen Phoenix, Project C.A.R.E. Family Consultant, Area Agency on Aging, Western Piedmont Council of Governments
April 10 Walking a Mile in Their Shoes: Experiencing Aging Presenter: Kim Harris, MA, Gerontology, Executive Director, Brookdale Hickory, Northeast
May 8 Palliative Medicine and Hospice: Caring for my Parent with Serious Illness Presenter: Julie Packer, RN, MSN, Director of Professional Relations, Catawba Regional Hospice
June 12 Caring for a Loved One with Dementia Presenter: Kathy Long, RN, Vice President of Adult Services (retired), Senior Services, Winston-Salem, NC
July 10 Paying for Healthcare: Medicare & SHIIP (Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program) Presenter: Catherine Fannon, Western Regional Manager, NC Department of Insurance, Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP)
August 14 The Adult-Child Caregiver at Work Presenters: Susan H. Saylor, MS, Franchise Owner, Home Instead Senior Care and Beth Harris Brandes, MSW
September 11 Home Sweet Home: Residential Options for Mom and Dad Presenter: Ted Goins, President & CEO, Lutheran Services Carolinas
October 9 When Parents Leave Home: What to Know and How To Help Presenter: Jennie Alwood, MFA, SMM-C, Owner, Here2Home
Friday, November 2 4th annual ACAP conference!!! “Caregiving:  Finding Your Way” — Stay tuned for details!
November 13 Planning for Facility Care While Preserving Assets for Your Family Under Medicaid & Special Assistance Presenter: Kim Whitley, JD, Partner, Patrick Harper & Dixon
December 11 Spirituality of Aging & Caregivings Presenter: Dr. David Ludwig, DMin., PhD, Professor Emeritus, Lenoir-Rhyne University; Associate Pastor, Christ Lutheran Church; clinical psychologist
Please check back for additional programs!

Program Location (unless otherwise specified)

ACAP-Hickory programs are held in the Fellowship Hall of Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, 2780 N Center St, Hickory, NC 28601.